Varsity Dutchgirl softball claims county diamond bragging rights, JV diamond Dutchgirls find win column over Union’s Lady Wildcats

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 9/14/22

A rivalry win on the road.

That was the goal for Hannah Koppelmann’s Owensville Dutchgirl softball team on the road last Tuesday against Hermann’s Lady Bearcats in northern Gasconade …

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Varsity Dutchgirl softball claims county diamond bragging rights, JV diamond Dutchgirls find win column over Union’s Lady Wildcats

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A rivalry win on the road.

That was the goal for Hannah Koppelmann’s Owensville Dutchgirl softball team on the road last Tuesday against Hermann’s Lady Bearcats in northern Gasconade County.

Grabbing an early 3-0 lead last Tuesday against the Lady Bearcats, OHS saw Hermann cut it to 3-2 before a five-run fifth inning helped the Dutchgirls pull away for a 15-7 road victory.

Bailee Dare led off the game by reaching on an error before Emma Daniels reached on another Hermann miscue with one out.

Kate Blankenship then reached on Hermann’s third error of the inning allowing Dare and Emma Daniels to score for an early 2-0 Owensville lead.

Blankenship capped the first-inning scoring when she crossed home plate on a Cailin Floyd RBI single pushing the Dutchgirl lead to 3-0.

Hermann got two runs back in the bottom of the second inning Melanie Rohling singled and scored on an error.

Right after that, Deanna Crawford singled and later scored on a wild pitch cutting Owensville’s lead to 3-2 after two innings.

Owensville answered in the top of the third inning with three runs on two hits, two errors, a walk and a hit batter.

Emma Daniels walked to lead off the top of the third before being driven in on a Blankenship RBI double.

Blankenship and Floyd would later score on errors helping OHS double their run total leading 6-2 through three innings.

Starting a two-out rally in the top of the fourth inning, Blankenship doubled and scored on an April Jahnsen RBI single pushing the Owensville lead to 7-2 moving to the bottom of the fourth inning.

Hermann got a run back in the bottom half of the fourth when Crawford singled and scored on an Abby Terry RBI single trimming the Dutchgirl lead to 7-3 after four innings.

Without the aid of a hit, Owensville turned four walks and four errors into five runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Dare, Emma Daniels and Anya Binkhoelter all walked and scored while Ali Daniels and Caidence Goodman both reached on errors before scoring to bump Owensville’s lead to 12-3 entering the bottom of the fifth inning.

Hermann answered in the bottom of the sixth inning when Kayden Schmidt walked and scored while Trinity Hoelmer reached base on an error. This cut the Dutchgirl lead to 12-4 after six innings.

Looking for a few more insurance tallies in the top of the seventh inning, Owensville turned to the middle part of their lineup.

Ali Daniels led it off with a single before cousin Emma doubled to put two runners on and no outs for Blankenship.

While Blankenship reached on an error, both Daniels girls scored making it a 14-4 lead for Owensville.

Courtesy runner Grace Abell scored Owensville’s final run of the game giving them a 15-5 lead with three outs separating them from Gasconade County softball bragging rights for another year.

Not about to go away quietly, Hermann was able to string together a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Crawford singled and scored on a passed ball before Schmidt reached on an error and crossed the plate for Hermann’s second run of the inning.

Terry then drew a walk and scored and three passed balls making the final score 15-7 in favor of Owensville over Hermann.

Floyd picked up her second win of the season for the Dutchgirls allowing seven runs (three earned) on eight hits and four walks to go along with nine strikeouts.

Blankenship led the OHS offense with three hits, three runs scored and six RBIs.

Floyd helped her own cause with two hits and two RBIs.

Emma Daniels and Jahnsen also recorded multi-hit games with two apiece.

Crawford led Hermann with three hits and three run scored.

Terry had two hits and the lone run batted in for the Lady Bearcats.

Kimber Hale took the loss for Hermann allowing 15 runs (three earned) on nine hits and five walks to go along with three strikeouts.

Two nights later last Thursday, Owensville took on Union in a varsity and JV doubleheader at OHS Field.

Trailing 2-0 after two innings, the Dutchgirls saw the visiting Lady Wildcats go off for 11 runs in the top of the third inning before falling 13-3 in five innings.

Blankenship had a hit and two runs batted in while Clara Julius accounted for the other Dutchgirl base hit.

Bailee Dare drew a pair of walks and scored a run while Anya Binkhoelter and Julius both also scored.

Looking for their first notch in the win column, Owensville’s JV Dutchgirls faced Union’s JV Lady Wildcats in a game that eventually ended under the lights.

Trailing 1-0 after a half inning, Owensville scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take a lead they would not relinquish before going on to a 12-7 victory in five innings.

Katie Loyd helped her cause in the bottom of the first inning with a leadoff walk before eventually scoring on a passed ball to tie the game at 1-1.

Grace Abell also walked and later scored on a passed ball giving Owensville their first lead of the game at 2-1.

Now with two outs, Hannah Berkaw reached on an error before scoring on another one for a 3-0 Dutchgirl lead.

Lily Baker walked and scored on an error while Savannah Knight was at the plate giving Owensville a 4-0 lead after one inning.

Inning number two saw Knight walk and score before Loyd reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch bumping the Dutchgirl lead to 6-1 after two innings.

Now leading 6-2 going to the bottom of the third inning, OHS added to their lead when Jenna Vandegriffe, Clara Julius, Berkaw and Knight all walked and scored giving the JV Dutchgirls a 10-2 lead after three innings.

Allowing four runs in the top of the fourth, Owensville scored twice in the bottom half of the fourth inning when Vandegriffe singled and scored while Barker also walked and scored.

Union could only score one more run in the top of the fifth inning before the JV Dutchgirls held on for a 12-7 victory.

OHS will host St. James on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m.

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